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What Are Your Favorite Science Fiction Movies?

Asked by poisonedantidote (21549 points ) February 19th, 2013

I am in the mood for some science fiction tonight, but I can’t find anything that grabs my attention, so I am asking what are your all time favorite science fiction movies, in the hope of it leading to a new find.

It can be any kind of science fiction at all, from your traditional Star Trek style space ships and aliens type science fiction, all the way up to the more Earth bound kinds of film, such as Soylent Green or The Matrix.

So, under the looser definition of Sci-Fi, what are your favorite science fiction movies?

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Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

The Adjustment Bureau is one I saw recently that I liked a lot, although it went under the radar. Really grounded, realistic movie that slowly includes sci-fi and fantasy elements.

JLeslie's avatar

I love the Star Trek movies. Number 3 was one of my favorites. I like 4 also, but it is one of the more benign ones. The newest one, which is a prequil basically, shows the crew as young men just starting out.

The Terminator movies. Best to see them in order.

2010 A Space Odyssey (not to be confused with 2001 which many people find boring).

Kardamom's avatar

Contact with Jodie Foster was really good.

Also the TV series (and newer movie) based on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe. Both are very funny.

ragingloli's avatar

Star Trek 2 and 6, Galaxy Quest, wall-e (because of the sexy girl robot), District 9

Michael_Huntington's avatar

I don’t really like science fiction, but here are my favorites:

Tetsuo: The Iron Man
Moon
Videodrome
The Fly (Cronenberg’s remake)
The Thing
Re-Animator
A Clockwork Orange (If you consider Dystopian as part of science fiction)
Robocop
Escape from New York
They Live
Brazil

chyna's avatar

I liked Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Rarebear's avatar

Blade Runner and Alien. Duh.

zensky's avatar

Sorry. Hate Sci Fi.

Kardamom's avatar

@Rarebear, yes Alien! Totally forgot about that.

Pachy's avatar

Forbidden Planet
When Worlds Collide
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (original)
The Quiet Earth (this one is fabulous)
Journey to the Far Side of the Sun. A mind-blower in its time)
Time Crimes
The Thing (from Another Planet) – ‘51 version
Westworld
Silent Running
Day of the Triffids (you gotta catch this one!)
Moon, Solaris, Primer, The Day the Earth Stood Still (a classic), and so many more.

Did I mention I’m a huge sci-fi fan?

filmfann's avatar

Blade Runner
2001 A Space Odyssey
12 Monkeys
Robocop
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1956)
The Day of the Triffids
Contact
The Empire Strikes Back

zensky's avatar

OK OK you twisted my arm.

I liked Demolition Man. Fine acting and FX.

filmfann's avatar

@fundevogel Surely you know the first rule of Fight Club…

jonsblond's avatar

Starman and Repo Man are two of my favorites.

I love movies from the 80s.

fundevogel's avatar

@filmfann I’ll punch you in the ear!

jonsblond's avatar

I forgot one. Night of the Comet

another 80s film. hmm, the first movies I thought of were all from 1984

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Crap, I forgot about Bad Taste. Easily the best film Peter Jackson has ever made.

fundevogel's avatar

@Michael_Huntington I quite like the Hobbit and Dead Alive too, but it’d be a stretch to put them on a sci-fi list.

glacial's avatar

Not one mention for The Fifth Element? Aww.

@jonsblond Wow, I have seen Night of the Comet many times, but haven’t thought of it in quite a while!

zensky's avatar

Avatar,

There I said it.

FutureMemory's avatar

Film:

The Thing (1982 version. Contender for my favorite movie of all time!)

Blade Runner (The regular version, NOT the director’s/extended cut)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 and 1978 versions are both good)

Logan’s Run (Kind of cheesy, but remember it was made in the 70’s, hehe)

Television:

Battlestar Galactica (The new series from mid 2000s, not the goofy one from 1978)

Firefly (A total crime that it only ran for one season. Serenity, a movie based on the show was released a few years after the show was cancelled.)

ucme's avatar

Alien/Planet of the Apes/The War of the Worlds.
Affectionate nod to Flight of the Navigator/Men in Black & Capricorn One, not great movies, but highly enjoyable.

JLeslie's avatar

I just thought of Independence Day with Will Smith. Does that count? Love that movie.

FutureMemory's avatar

I wonder why I included a couple tv shows, hah.

Seek's avatar

Avoiding the obvious…

Gattaca
Event Horizon
Twelve Monkeys and Surrogates Shut up, @ragingloli, I love Bruce Willis’s one-dimensional acting sometimes.

The new The Thing prequel didn’t suck as hard as I thought it would, and it was nice to have the story of where the hell that dog came from, anyway.

Pandorum was fun.

The Final Cut – I just adore Robin Williams as a serious actor. And his standup isn’t nearly as funny now that he’s not on drugs.

Sci-fi I don’t recommend:
“I Am Legend”. We get it, Will Smith. You’re awesome and damaged. Whatever.

“The Book of Eli”. Spoiler Alert – he’s blind. Except that he is plainly fucking not. Incredibly stupid movie.

“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Pacemaker” or whatever the hell it was called.

Any of the Transformers movies. I couldn’t even stay awake. There is literally no plot. “Look, we hired CGI artists so we wouldn’t have to pay for actors! Give us your money!”

mrentropy's avatar

Moon
Logan’s Run
The Black Hole
Meteor
Starman
E.T.
Tron
The Last Starfighter
AI
Mad Max / The Road Warrior
Cherry 2000
A Boy and his Dog
Repo Man
Titan A.E.
Iron Giant

ucme's avatar

I just recently found out that Vin Diesel voiced the Iron Giant, what little dialogue there was…thought i’d share that for no good reason.

fundevogel's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I forgot about Surrogates. That was pretty good. And way more interesting philosophically than Keanu Reeves in Plato’s Cave.

Clearly I need to see Moon.

Rarebear's avatar

Disagree on Blade Runner. I FAR prefer the Directors Cut. I hated Harrison Ford’s voice overdubs and the movie made no sense at the end. With the Directors Cut it’s clear what Deckard really is.

Seek's avatar

@Rarebear I think each has its merits, but I personally prefer the film noir version. Better than both though is the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Rarebear's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr You’re right. The book was great.

downtide's avatar

My favourite movie of all time, of any genre, is Blade Runner. The book was great too, but it’s almost a totally different story, So much was missed out of the movie. And I agree with @Rarebear – it doesn’t make sense unless you’ve seen the Directors Cut. Although to be fair, you should watch the Directors Cut just once, and any time you want to re-watch it, go back to the original theatre cut.

Some more of my favourites:
Gattaca
Logan’s Run
The Day The Earth Stood Still (very old but still relevant)
Star Wars (original trilogy, but The Empire Strikes Back in particular)
Star Trek III and IV (yes I know IV is cheesy but I still liked it)
I, Robot
Terminator 2
Freejack (obscure thing starring Emilio Estevez and Mick Jagger, yes really, THAT Mick Jagger. He can’t act).
Avatar (yeah, yeah I know…)

FutureMemory's avatar

@downtide What about Wrath of Khan? I’m shocked you’d list part 3 but not 2.

jonsblond's avatar

@glacial I was a young teen when that film came out and I loved it. I watched it every time it was on cable. I caught the end of the movie not too long ago on Syfy or Chiller (I can’t remember) and it was as cheesy as I remembered it. :)

mazingerz88's avatar

Enemy Mine
The Last Starfighter
Moon
Dune
Space Truckers
Heavy Metal
Mom and Dad Saved The World
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

filmfann's avatar

Hmmm, I just noticed that no one has mentioned one of my favorites. Dark City

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